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Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s book-length response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Because of the importance of this debate, TheCripplegate is using every Thursday to respond chapter-by-chapter to Authentic Fire. You can find an overview of this debate, as well as links to the reviews for each chapter here.

afIf you haven’t been paying attention the last few months, you may have missed a conference Grace to You put on last October called Strange Fire. Maybe you heard about it?

Of course I’m messing with you. Nearly everyone who participates on social media and runs in my circles heard about it and are well aware of the big stink it stirred up with charismatics and Pentecostals.

Anyhow, I would imagine the most vocal, popular-level critic of the Strange Fire conference was Michael Brown. As early as June of last year, four months before Strange Fire was to take place, Dr. Brown was rebuking John MacArthur for even thinking about holding a conference to address charismatic issues. He wrote two articles that we responded to, and then offered a rejoinder. Folks went back and forth with each other leading up to the conference until the night before the conference began, when Dr. Brown wrote one final article pleading for us to stop everything, send everyone home, and cancel the sessions.

Of course, that never happened. But just a month and a half after the conference ended, Dr. Brown managed to write and publish a 418-page book entitled, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire.   Continue Reading…

afAuthentic Firis Dr. Michael Brown’s response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Because the ongoing use of the sign gifts (languages, miraculous interpretation of langauges, apostleship, healing, prophecy, knowledge) is one of the most significant theological debates of our day, The Cripplegate wanted to take time to respond to Authentic Fire a chapter at a time.

An explanation of why we are doing these reviews.

Review of the Preface

Review of Chapter 1

Review of Chapter 2

Review of Chapter 3

Review of Chapter 4

Review of Chapter 5

Review of Chapter 6

Review of Chapter 7

Review of Chapter 8

Review of Chapter 9

Review of Chapter 10

Review of Appendix 1 – Craig Keener

Here is a list of all of our posts on the Strange Fire conference itself, and here is a link to the conference audio.